Next stop: Stuttgart

North Carolina leaders spent part of their time in Germany learning from state parliamentarians and ministers about Baden-Wurrtemberg’s economic development strategies and education priorities. The state enjoys the distinction of being the #1 region for innovation in the entire EU.

In front of the state parliament building in Stuttgart.

In front of the state parliament building in Stuttgart.

They also visited Baden-Wurrtemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Stuttgart to learn about their unique dual education programs in business, engineering and social work. More than 34,000 students attend DHBW, so it’s similar in size to NC State.

Baden-Wurrtemberg Cooperative State University in Stuttgart

Baden-Wurrtemberg Cooperative State University in Stuttgart

Students enter the program with a contract from a local business to have three years of paid practical training while also taking their theoretical courses in a university classroom.

Dr. Friedemann Schwenkries from the DHBW

Dr. Friedemann Schwenkries from the DHBW

The group then headed to visit Festo, a pneumatic technology PLLC and didactic training center whose headquarters are in Esslingen.  Festo is a world leader in flexible manufacturing equipment, as seen here in their latest robotic arm designed to mimic the mechanics of an elephants trunk.

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About NC State Global

The Global Training Initiative (GTI) at North Carolina State University equips students and professionals with the knowledge and skillset they need to succeed in today's global economy by harnessing the university's resources. GTI is part of the NC State's International Affairs and partners with various departments and units across campus to deliver custom training programs.

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